While baseball may be considered America's pastime, there's nothing wrong with spicing the sport up.
It's not as if Marlins and Rays fans actually come to watch their teams play. If anything, they need a distraction.
The cheerleaders are the real attraction.
Football cheerleaders may be more famous, but baseball's girls are more generous to the camera.
Here are the sexiest cheerleaders in baseball, with some hot fans thrown in.
Maybe the Braves could have advanced past the first round of the playoffs if they weren't so focused on the recipient of the t-shirts.
It would be better if they were shooting their own shirts instead.
Perhaps it was the girls that kept fans coming rather than the 14 consecutive division titles.
This girl looks like a brown-haired version of Jennie Finch.
Fun fact: Braves ace Tim Hudson has the same career record as Sandy Koufax (165-87).
With the Rays' upcoming year is not looking too positive and the fans need something to look forward to.
This could suffice.
Look for the Rays to finish in third in the AL East with the addition of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon.
Carrie of the Pad Squad loves the camera.
With the loss of slugger Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres will lean more heavily on the Pad Squad to keep the attendance high.
Carrie loves the camera. This year she and her team get to see newcomers Brad Hawpe, Jason Bartlett and budding outfielder Cameron Maybin lead the Padres.
After finishing in second with a 90-72 record in 2010, the Padres are expected to contend heavily in the NL West in 2011.
Fans will need these cheerleaders this season.
The Diamondbacks could have a long year in 2011 after finishing 65-97 last year. They continue to occupy the NL West basement with their mediocrity.
Justin Upton, oozing with potential, is still waiting to break out.
Maybe if this girl had ruined the Chicago Cubs' World Series chances in 2003 instead of Steve Bartman, fans wouldn't have been as angry.
If she is a sign of things to come, Cubs fans should get excited for this season.
Fans in the front row got their money's worth on this day.
This girl gets this spot for her attire alone. Who wouldn't love to see her run after the ball?
These Mermaids must pace themselves as they perform in front of puny crowds at all 81 home games.
The Texas Rangers finished first in the AL West last year with a 90-72 record, only to lose to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series after being distracted at home by their beautiful fan base.
Key additions: Adrian Beltre (3B), Yorvit Torrealba (C), Brandon Webb (RHP), Mike Napoli (1B/C), Arthur Rhodes (LHP), Mason Tobin (RHP) and Brett Tomko (RHP).
These Marlins Mermaids are getting a nice stretch in before the game.
Starring in front of the mundane Florida crowd, these Mermaids have been featured in many television shows, such as Marlins Semanal, Marlins Weekly, Marlins Strike Zone, Deco Drive, Maximum MLB and The Best Damn Sports Show Period.
For a team that has lower attendance than a high school musical, the Marlins sure know how to pick cheerleaders.
They are good influences with their charity work.
By participating in FIU's Dance Marathon benefiting the Miami Children's Hospital, Alonzo Mourning Charities and Zo's Summer Groove, Amigos for Kids and events benefiting the Florida Marlins Community Foundation, the Mermaids are increasing their fanbase.
The Mermaids are spokespersons for the "Get Hooked on Reading" program for kids.
They go to elementary schools to promote reading—if the kids are even paying attention.
It's hard to focus when there are Mermaids speaking.
The best way to increase team morale is to have these sexy cheerleaders waiting for the players in the locker room.
Well played, coach.
Just make sure your young team stays focused and Hanley Ramirez obeys.
Nice collection of Mermaids here.
The team debuted in 2003, prior to the Marlins' World Series victory.
They continue to decrease the amount of necessary clothes every season.
This Rays fan look familiar?
Brett Favre's favorite girl keeps making appearances around the sports world.
Sterger might be the hottest fan in sports, but this year could be a tough one if she's going to follow Tampa Bay's team.
She also loves sexting—just not with old quarterbacks.
The orange matches her spray tan.
The Mermaids were the first MLB cheerleaders to debut.
Like a fine wine...
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton overcame a cocaine addiction to establish himself as one of the best in baseball.
He may gain an addiction to his fans after seeing the two on this list.
Last year he hit .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBI.
The former No. 1 overall pick is a legitimate MVP candidate every year.
Maybe if this team won more significant games, these girls would get some more exposure.
With the additions of Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, this team will look to make noise this spring after finishing near the bottom of the NL Central in 2010.
At least Mets fans have something to smile about.
Maybe she should get a tryout for fifth starter?
The Mets finished in fourth place in the NL East last year with a 79-83 record. The addition of 6'10" starter Chris Young should help.
It's about time the Angels held auditions for a new cheerleader squad.
The addition of Vernon Wells to play alongside outfielder Torii Hunter makes this squad one of the best defensive units in baseball.
Offensively, this girl gets it done.
Jenn Sterger is now expected to appear everywhere.
She expects Tampa Bay to have a Cinderella year and is expecting big numbers out of top prospect Desmond Jennings, who will replace Carl Crawford in left field.
These may look like twins, but it's just the same girl. Calm down.
But imagine if it was...
The Marlins could use a twin of second baseman Dan Uggla and his 154 home runs in five seasons.
These Mermaids aren't the shy types.
Just sit back and enjoy these—there are more to come.
The Marlins may not make the playoffs with the Phillies and Braves dominating, but they do have cheerleaders to comfort them after the games.
After finishing 80-82 last year, the Marlins will look to become the class of the NL East in 2011.
First, they need an MVP year from shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Shay is garnering a lot of attention as a rookie.
Another young star, outfielder Mike Stanton, hit 22 home runs as a rookie in 396 at-bats and will look to have a stellar sophomore year. He is expected to hit 35 to 40 home runs in a full season.
While Chase Utley is out indefinitely, this girl should play second base.
She may be a dedicated fan, but she should be given a spot on the Philly Ball Girls.
Or the Philly Bad Girls.
It's hard to watch the game when the Mermaids are blocking your view over the dugout.
Josh Johnson only walked 2.53 batters per nine innings last year and will get some help from the addition of aging journeyman Javier Vazquez to the rotation.
Possibly the sexiest Mermaid, this girl continues to make appearances on this list.
Perhaps this girl should replace John Buck behind the plate because the Marlins' rotation would certainly be focused on her the whole game.
It is apparent that the worse a team is, the better the cheerleaders are.
These cheerleaders are almost too happy rooting for the third best team in the NL East.
Fans would love to see this girl warming up in the on-deck circle.
The Cubs could use this fan in their lineup after finishing in fifth place in the NL Central last year with a 75-87 record.
It might be a bad idea for this girl to be on the Squaws, for player safety reasons.
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is expected to have a big year after hitting 18 home runs as a rookie last year, using this fan as motivation.
She may not be a cheerleader or a ball girl, but Jessica Alba garnered a spot on this list after wearing a White Sox shirt (if it can be called that) in this sexy shot.
The Sox finished 88-74 last season. They added slugger Adam Dunn this winter, along with a power relief arm in Jesse Crain.
Maybe the addition of Alba to the clubhouse could spark the morale.
This picture makes Yankees haters hate them more and Yankees fans even cockier.
CJ Gibson could manage the Pinstripes better than most with that body.
I guarantee that the players would listen.
Marlins average attendance in 2010: 18,953
Fans attending solely to see the Mermaids: 18,900
Watching the Mermaids: Priceless
Now it's up to the real Marlins to get more fans in there.